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Nonito Donaire Joins World Boxing Super Series Tourney

By Keith Idec

The World Boxing Super Series has added more name recognition to the field for its upcoming bantamweight tournament.

The WBSS announced through social media Thursday that Nonito Donaire has agreed to participate in its single-elimination, 118-pound competition. Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs) is a former WBC/WBO bantamweight champion, but the 35-year-old fighter most recently competed at featherweight, two weight classes higher.

Former featherweight champ Carl Frampton defeated Donaire by unanimous decision in that 12-round fight April 21 at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Donaire, of San Leandro, California, last fought at the bantamweight limit of 118 pounds in October 2011, when he out-pointed Argentina’s Omar Narvaez in a 12-round fight for the WBC and WBO bantamweight championships in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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Donaire then fought five times at the super bantamweight maximum of 122 pounds, before moving up to featherweight for three straight fights. “The Filipino Flash” then moved back down to super bantamweight for five more fights.

His last two appearances have come in featherweight fights.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament,” Donaire said in a press release. “People always asked about my goal and I said to be undisputed. With this tournament, that goal is now attainable. Entering the tournament gives me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities against the best in the division. This division is stacked with talent and that’s really exciting. I believe my size, experience and most of all my power will give me the edge over my opponents.”

The WBSS previously has announced the commitments of three bantamweight champions to its 118-pound tournament. Those title-holders include WBA “super” champ Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs), IBF champ Manny Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) and WBO champ Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs). Jason Moloney (17-0, 14 KOs), the mandatory challenger for Rodriguez’s title, also has agreed to participate in it.

Heavily hyped Japanese knockout artist Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) also has acknowledged he’ll fight in the WBSS. Inoue owns the WBA’s world bantamweight title and is considered the best fighter in that division. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Foolkiller on 07-06-2018

Nonito is a straight up G. Glad he’s in this tourney. With the right nutritionist and type of exercise he can give it one last go. Give it your all champ!!

Comment by Larry_Rushmore on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=Laypipe;18916883]Yeah, he’s past his prime and sucked his last few fights, but I wouldn’t count him completely out, I think he can still put to sleep any 118-122 fighter..[/QUOTE] Naw he wont, it wasnt just his power that had him…

Comment by Larry_Rushmore on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=Drama Show;18916382]inoue will knock him out in a round and then the hype will go into overdrive 'noone does that to donaire' even though he came into the ring looking like he'd just done a stint in bergen belson. and…

Comment by Sosay on 07-05-2018

Hes getting punished. Just retire, you haven't been good since Rigo.

Comment by SceneBoxer on 07-05-2018

If Nonito can make 118 healthy, he will definitely be a threat...

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